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May 21, 2013

Picture Perfect Cards For All Occasions!

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Hello G45ers,

Are you looking for the perfect inspiration for a special handmade card? Well you've come to the right place! Today on the Graphic 45 blog we are taking you on a fun journey through three gorgeous cards! All of today's card ideas are great for a wide range of occasions! Of course any time is a great time to send a special handmade card to someone you love. Let today's blog fill you with wonderful ideas for your own unique card expression! First up is a gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe love card by Susan Lui. Then we will share an adorable Little Darlings card by Arlene Cuevas. Then Clare Charvill will take you step-by-step through the creation of a fabulous all-occasions Secret Garden card! Yes, today's Graphic 45 blog is guaranteed to make you smile!

Lets begin with a shout-out to all of our wonderful G45ers on Facebook! This is a gorgeous Secret Garden card that was posted to our Facebook page by Nataliya Serova. Just look at those lavish layers and pretty paper distressing! This card is a breath of fresh air. We encourage all of you to share your Graphic 45 creations on our Facebook page! It's also a perfect place to get the latest Graphic 45 news, updates and contest information. Join the fun with Graphic 45 on Facebook!

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Graphic 45 Secret Garden Card Facebook

Next we have Susan's fabulous Olde Curiosity Shoppe easel card made with the new Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album Staples. This is the perfect card to send anytime to someone you love! Take it away, Susan!


"Here’s an easel card I created using Graphic 45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection and Graphic 45 Staples. The front of the card is created using a Graphic 45 Staples Tag which I covered with Olde Curiosity Shoppe patterned paper, then embellished using an Olde Curiosity Shoppe chipboard and Staples Metal Key Hole. I also made a title using the Staples Metal Label Holder and Olde Curiosity Shoppe Alphabet Stickers. This tag front cover folds up to form an easel card which can be displayed on a table top." -Susan







Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Optical Oddities, Mercurial Masterpiece, Parlor Wall, Butterfly Specifics

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Stickers

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Alphabet Stickers

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Chipboard

French Country Chipboard

Staples Regular Tag Album

Staples Ornate Metal Label Holder

Staples Ornate Metal Key Holes


Next up is this heartwarming Little Darlings card by Arlene. Of course this is the perfect card to celebrate any occasion in a baby's life! Lovely paper layers, fun floral embellishments and Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys give this card such a fresh look. This is the perfect card to celebrate the joys and milestones of youngsters! Here is what Arlene had ot say about it.

“I created this sweet little card for my niece Cadence’s baptism. The Little Darlings paper collection, and the coordinating chipboard pieces and stickers, are a perfect set for all your baby creations! I really love how Graphic 45 makes it so easy for you to create with all the coordinating elements.” -Arlene

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Little Darlings 8x8 papers

Little Darlings Chipboards 1

Little Darlings 12x12 Sticker Sheet

Little Darlings 12x12 Alphabet Stickers

Staples - Ornate Metal Key

My Favorite Things card stock

I Am Roses flowers

White acrylic paint

White Doilies

White seam binding

Tile stickers


And now it's time for a fun and fabulous card tutorial by Clare. She has created this enchanting Secret Garden card that is perfect for this sunny season! This would be the perfect card to send to a loved one "just because." Bring a smile to the face of a dear friend or family member with this bright and cheerful card and tutorial by Clare!


Secret Garden card Clare Charvill tutorial all occasions



I seem to be going through a purple phase at the moment and adore the new patterns and solids that came out with this collection and the violets on the 12 x 12 Beautiful Blooms paper, so decided to combine them both into this pretty little card for all occasions. 

To make: 

Start with a 6 x 6 black card blank.  
To start gather together the following pieces:Pic 1 
6 x 6 Patterns and Solids - plain lavender paper.  Trim 1/8" off all edges 
lavender check paper trim to 5 5\8"  square 
Black card - 5 3/4" square 
Two black strips of card 3/4" wide and about 4" long 
Two strips of lavender check paper 1/2" wide and about 4" long
Two violet sprays fussy cut from 12 x 12 Beautiful Blooms paper
A small green square and larger lavender square Chipboard pieces from Chipboard 2
Sentiment cut apart from Springtime 12 x 12 paper 


12 x 12 Springtime paper 
Chipboard pieces from Secret Garden Chipboard 2 
Other Supplies
Black 6 x 6 card blank  
Black card 
Foam Tape 
Purple/Lavender Glitter
Glossy Accents 
Tacky Glue 
Vintage photo Distress Ink



Ink the edges of your plain lavender paper and stick down to your card leaving 1/8" black border around all edges 

Take your lavender check paper, ink the edges and make a mark 2 1/2" along both edges from one corner.  With the checked side facing you fold the corner towards the middle of your paper up to your marks and crease.  Fold back, add some double sided tape as shown, remove the backing papers and stick the folded corner in place.

G45 June DT Project 2 Secret Garden Card Pic 2 Clare Charvill

G45 June DT Project 2 Secret Garden Card Pic 3 Clare Charvill

Next take your black and checked strips of card & paper.  Ink the edges of the paper strips and stick to the black ones with an equal black border showing along both edges.  Stick one vertically and one horizontally so that the edges tuck under the folded corner.  Trim the outer edges to fit your card.

G45 June DT Project 2 Secret Garden Card Pic 4 Clare Charvill

Now add your chipboard pieces.  I used a small green one on the vertical border strip and the larger lavender one on the horizontal strip. 

G45 June DT Project 2 Secret Garden Card Pic 5 Clare Charvill

Take your cut apart with the violets on. Attach some double sided tape on the reverse side of the top right hand corner and a little tacky glue on the back of the bottom left hand corner.  Stick at an angle on your card as shown above.

Now take your two fussy cut sprays of violets.  Attach some 3d Foam pads to the back of the ends of the sprays and a little tacky glue to the underside of the bottom of the sprays.  Attach to your card over the folded edge of the checked paper and edge of the sentiment.

G45 June DT Project 2 Secret Garden Card Pic 6 Clare Charvill

Add a little glossy accents to some of the flowers and sprinkle lavender glitter over the top. Tap off and leave to dry.

G45 June DT Project 2 Secret Garden Card Pic 7 Clare Charvill

To finish off the inside make a border of black card and checked paper and mount on a piece of cream card cut at 5 3/4" square. 

G45 June DT Project 2 Secret Garden Card Pic 8 Clare Charvill

I hope you enjoy following along and making this pretty little card. Happy paper crafting.

We have one more treat in store for you G45ers today! Here is a link to a wonderful SVG Cuts interview with Graphic 45 CEO and designer Diane Schultz! In this interview Diane talks about life before Graphic 45, going back to school and what inspires her. Learn how Graphic 45 got its name and much more!



We hope you all had fun on today's Graphic 45 card celebration! We encourage you all to send a pretty handmade treasure in the mail to someone you love. One simple card can really make someone's day! We want to thank Susan, Arlene and Clare for their superb creations today. There is more inspiration on the way on tomorrow's Graphic 45 blog. Come on back and see us for more fabulous ideas! We wish you all a very happy day!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45



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Beautiful cards/pieces of art. TFS :)

Beautiful cards as usual. Especially loved the little baby card and the lily of the valley card! Your team is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing some great ideas.

Love All the projects!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like all these cards but LOVED the easel card.

BEAUTIFUL cards from the design team and Nataliya!! And I loved listening to Diane's interview, by the way! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Beautiful cards. Thanks for

I enjoyed the podcast the other day. Great stuff. The cards today are fabulous! So creative and just plain gorgeous.

what a wonderful inspiration!

Beautiful prjects.

Lots of inspiration on the blog today. I especially like the easel card.. Thank you to the design team..

I love the projects. g45 is so fun to work with. Thanks for sharing.

The most beautiful paper creations are those made with Graphic 45 products!

The baby card is just exquisite!! And I love the name Cadence. Precious!!!

Gorgeous projects!! Always love your DT creations so very much. Off to check out the podcast!

What lovely inspiration! Always love seeing Diane, too!

Once again some fantastic inspiration. Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity to one such an awesome prize package.

Absolutely stunning !!! I love all these fabulous projects, fantastic inspiration from superb DT members.

everything is great but i am positively swooning over the lily of the valley card...

Lovely cards!
Oops, one of them - my! o_O

Such pretty projects ♥

Hugs from Lilli

The cards are lovely and oh such creative inspiration!! Thanks for the tutorial Clare clever as usual.

What gorgeous cards! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Totally inspiring projects, TFS

Great projects as usual. Loved Clare's tutorial. Her work is always so creative.

Thank you so much Arlene for the card for Cadence. You are so creative. Cadence loves it, the card is now displayed in her nursery :-)

Thank-you for gorgeous gorgeous cards and great ideas. Nicola x

Beautiful projects today! I absolutely adore them all!


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